H.E. Jeraldine Ebil Tudong Sworn-in as New Palau Ambassador to the European Union

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-055
September 26, 2017
Office of the President

H.E. Jeraldine Ebil Tudong Sworn-in as New Palau Ambassador to the European Union

 On September 26, Ms. Jeraldine Ebil Tudong was sworn-in to office as the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Palau to the European Union.

Delivering his special remarks during Ambassador Tudong’s swearing-in ceremony held at the Capitol Building in Ngerulmud, President Remengesau expressed confidence in Ambassador Tudong’s capabilities stating, “The European Union is a major developmental partner and with her institutional knowledge and an extensive experience representing Palau in various international bodies, Ambassador Tudong will be successful in representing Palau’s interests in the EU in areas including health, economy, education, ocean and climate change.”

In an emotional speech filled with gratitude and appreciation for her colleagues, family and friends who have inspired her and contributed to her success along the way, Ambassador Tudong stated, “As Palau’s Ambassador to the EU, I will be aggressive enough to further our cooperation and partnership to achieve our mutual interests with the EU.” And further expressed her deep commitments and to perform her duties to the best of her abilities as an Ambassador representing Palau for Palau and in pursuit of opportunities for Palauans.

Ambassador Tudong is the second woman diplomat to assume this Ambassadorial position representing the Republic of Palau in the European Union.

Ambassador Tudong is a career civil servant having begun her extensive career in the National Government serving in various capacities, including Chief of the Division of Foreign Affairs and Trade and as Director of the Bureau of Asia and Pacific Affairs under the Ministry of State.  She received her her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics & History in New South Wales, Australia in 1996 and later her Master of Arts Degree in Foreign Affairs & Trade in Melbourne, Australia in 2000.

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 President Remengesau at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-054
September 21, 2017
Office of the President

 President Remengesau at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly 

President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. arrived in New York for the 72nd United Nations General Assembly on September 19th and headed straight from JFK International Airport to the Japan-Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM) hosted by Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Joining fellow Pacific leaders with Prime Minister Abe, President Remengesau discussed possible outcomes for the upcoming PALM 8 in May 2018 such as cooperation on the challenges of climate change, disaster prevention, North Korea nuclear threats, maritime security, and reforms to the UN Security Council.

Leaders from seventeen countries were invited to take part in the PALM with Prime Minister Abe including Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Republic of Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

On September 20, President Remengesau started off the day at the side event “The Oceans – a wealth of opportunities” co-hosted by the Republic of Palau and the Kingdom of Norway.  The aim of the event was to promote action and international partnerships that will strengthen the conservation and sustainable use of our oceans and marine resources.

The event was attended by nearly 200 people from national governments, the private sector, and non-government agencies to discuss and contribute experience and knowledge, that will make it easier to find sustainable solutions to today’s challenges.

The overall question presented at the event was, how can we ensure closer coordination between the various ocean initiatives and actors in the time ahead?

President Remengesau began remarks at the event calling for stronger communication between stakeholders and called for stronger participation by the United Nations as the conduit between parties towards more active implementation of SDG Goal 14- to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development.

Her Excellency, Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, in her remarks called for stronger partnerships and accelerated activities towards SDG 14 implementations expressing that all of what needed to be said have been said, the plans have been made and we must start acting now. “We have just 13 years until 2030, we need to start doing and stop talking.”

High level speakers at the “Oceans-a wealth of opportunities” event were:

HE Ms Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway
HE Mr Tommy Remengesau, President of the Republic of Palau
Keynote by HE Ms Michelle Bachelet, President of the Republic of Chile
HE Mr Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji
HE Mr António Costa, Prime Minister of the Republic of Portugal
HE Yusuf Kalla, Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia
HE Ms Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary General
HE Mr Erik Solheim, Executive Director of UN Environment

“Oceans-a wealth of opportunities” -Speakers representing civil society, regional organisations and business sector:

Ms Baylee Ritter, World Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council
HE Mr Josefa Leonel Carreio Sacko, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union
HE Mr Colin Granderson, Assistant Secretary General CARICOM
Mr James Movick, Director General of Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency
Ms Hege Skryseth, EVP Kongsberg Group, President Kongsberg Digital
Mr Bill Dewey, Director, Taylor Shellfish Farms
Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman, Foundation for the Global Compact

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Republic of Palau Remembers the Heroes and Victims of 9/11

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-053
September 12, 2017
Office of the President

Republic of Palau Remembers the Heroes and Victims of 9/11

 H.E. President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. offered the Republic of Palau’s continued support and commitment to its strongest ally and development partner, United States, in remembrance of the heroes and victims who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

“September 11, 2001 was not just a tragedy for the people of the United States, but to all peace-loving people throughout the world. There is no justifications or cause that would warrant the loss of thousands of innocent lives and we must continue to condemn these terrorists acts in the most strongest way possible,” stated President Remengesau in his remarks during the 17th Annual Memorial Ceremony hosted by the Palau Community College on the eve of September 11, 2017, the 16th anniversary of 9/11. “Palau stands with the United States and the coalition of countries in unity to combat terrorism and ensure peace and freedom to all. As we remember the victims, we also commemorate and offer our support to all the heroes who sacrificed their lives to save others – our brave men and women who helped to save and prevent more loss of lives.”

The remembrance ceremony hosted by PCC is an annual event that PCC commits to hosting every year. PCC President Dr. Patrick Tellei expressed the College’s unwavering commitment to continue hosting the memorial program annually to pay respect and remember the heroes and victims of 9/11 as well as honor all servicemen and women, especially young Palauan men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for peace and freedom.

Ambassador Hyatt expressed her appreciation to the College for hosting the memorial for the past 16 years, stating, “I am honored to be here and proud to be here with Palau. This program is another demonstration of the strong ties that binds our countries.”

The program was attended by elected leaders, representatives from the U.S. Embassy in Koror, members of the Civil Action Team, families of fallen Palauan U.S. servicemen, PCC Board of Trustees, staff and students among others.  The 17th memorial ceremony was held at PCC’s Assembly Hall.

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President Remengesau Accredits 1st Non-Resident Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo to the Republic of Palau

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-052
September 7, 2017
Office of the President

President Remengesau Accredits 1st Non-Resident Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo to the Republic of Palau

On August 22nd, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. accredited His Excellency Leon Malazogu, the first non-resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kosovo to the Republic of Palau in a ceremony held at the Executive Building at the National Capitol in Ngerulmud.

Welcoming and congratulating Ambassador Malazogu, President Remengesau stated, “this ceremony marks a new milestone in the bilateral relationship between our two countries, and we greatly hope that during your term, our relationship will be further strengthened for many years to come”.

President Remengesau expressed Palau’s commitment to work closely with the Government of Kosovo on matters of mutual interest while continuing to look up to Kosovo for mutual partnership and support in areas including trade, tourism, and technology, as well as collaborations on peace and security, protection of the environment and global biodiversity, and health services.

In his remarks, Ambassador Malazogu expressed his admiration for Palau’s environmental and cultural preservation efforts and will work in his capacity to promote Palau as a premier tourist destination as well as promote Palau’s sustainability models within his networks. “What Palau is doing towards the sustainability of its islands is something that the rest of the region and the world should replicate and I will work to promote Palau and its sustainability efforts as Ambassador.  The Republic of Kosovo stands ready to assist Palau in any way it can and we look forward to a strengthened relationship between our two countries,” said Ambassador Malazogu.

The ceremony was witnessed by Paramount Chiefs Ibedul Yutaka M. Gibbons and Reklai Raphael B. Ngirmang, Floor Leader Kerai Mariur, Senator Aric Nakamura, Vice Speaker Lucio Ngiraiwet, Delegate Mario Gulibert, H.E. Ambassador Ngedikes Olai Uludong, Associate Justice John Ruchecher, Minister Sinton Soalablai, Minister Umiich Sengebau, Minister Emais Roberts, Minister Faustina Rehuher-Marugg and Chief of Staff Secilil Eldebechel.

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President Remengesau’s Successful People-to-People Exchange Visit to Geru, Japan

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-051
September 4, 2017
Office of the President

President Remengesau’s Successful People-to-People Exchange Visit to Geru, Japan

President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. visited the City of Geru in the mountainous prefecture of Gifu, Japan from August 30 to September 2.  Invited by the High Priestess Morishita of Kurakara Temple, President Remengesau held meetings with the leaders of the religious organization (Kurakara) that helped build two WWII monuments in Peleliu honoring those who lost their lives in the War and the “Omuchel Tekoi” sanctum in Peleliu. The President also held meetings with corporate leaders of Geru including the Presidents of top hotels in Geru, as well as Umewaka International, a top traditional and cultural events organization in Japan; including the President of Yunoshimakan, a 128 year old hotel establishment in Geru and Geru’s top Sake maker and exporter, Tenryo Sake that produces premium beverages for All Nippon Airways.

President Remengesau was able to establish a friendship platform with the group to initiate a “people to people” exchange where our Japanese friends from Geru would visit Palau in groups to experience nature and culture including visiting the WWII “Peace Memorial Park” in Peleliu where Their Imperial Majesties, the Emperor and Empress of Japan visited in 2015.

The Geru group will be visiting Palau in December this year and expressed their intentions to create their own organization called “We Love and Support Palau” to work with the Office of the President to continue “people to people” exchange programs between the citizens of Geru and Palau.

On the last day of the visit, President Remengesau was pleased to learn that Priestess Morishita had organized a Japan Students visit to Palau with the Ritsumeikan Junior and Senior high School with 50 students from the school to visit Palau in early March 2018 to learn Palauan Culture and tradition.  President Remengesau was able to meet with two student representatives from the school and their Principal to establish the students’ itineraries in their visit to Palau as well as discuss the process of having Palauan students visit Japan through the same “people to people” exchange program.

President Remengesau thanked the Gero group, the Ritsumeikan High School, and Priestess Morishita for enabling another important effort to enhance Palau and Japan’s important friendship, saying “It has only been a little over a year since I met with His Excellency Prime Minister Abe at PALM 7 to discuss the importance of our respective peoples understanding each other’s cultures.  I thank all of you for making these important efforts to implement those commitments we made in PALM 7 to enhance and accelerate exchange among our youth and on behalf of the people of Palau, I express my deepest gratitude to you all for the work that you do.” The President said.

I am certain that the visitors from Geru will enjoy their visit in Palau and I am sure that they will appreciate the natural biodiversity and unique culture Palau has to offer that is very different but just as magnificent the beautiful mountains of Geru.  The warmth of the ocean and the colors of the flourishing life beneath it will be a wonder I know the visitors from Geru and the Students from Ritsumeikan will enjoy.  My Office will work with all of you to continue our valuable exchange programs and I hope that our work will become tradition among friends to continue learning and understanding between the peoples of our two countries. I thank you all for continuing our fruitful friendship and I look forward to seeing you all in Palau.” President Remengesau said.

President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. visited Japan from August 30 to September 2 with Economic Advisor & Japan Relations Advisor Mr. Donald Haruo; Peleliu State Governor Temmy Shmull; and Press Secretary Olkeriil Kazuo. President Remengesau and his delegation arrived back in Palau on September 2, 2017.

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